Richard White: Artist/researcher critically exploring walking, social media and intangible cultural heritage.
Walking-with as a creative, ecological, non-confrontational engagement with obscured and reluctant heritage.
My on-going investigation addresses the physical, sensory, emotional and intellectual experience of walking with others in particular places. I want to understand, reveal and express embodied knowledge activated or generated through walking. My work generates content rooted in the complex layered mesh of embodied memories/ knowledge/experience emerging through intra-action with the material world.
I am a member of the artists research collective:
Space Place Practice
I am testing social media as a tool to document this, to connect with, re-purpose and contribute to shared archives, to engage with on-line networked audiences, explore new forms of behaviours and uncover further layers of cultural heritage. Working with the new sociotechnical practices facilitated by mobile media devices, I am fascinated by the prospect of digital networked memory. Media gathered and networked in shared archives becoming searchable and interconnected. Individual memory becoming linked, shared and networked through digital archives
I am intrigued by the possibility of being at the point where the physical and the virtual meet.
My specific focus is in outdoor contexts, primarily rural but eschewing the arcadian resonances of walking for pleasure or enlightenment. I am seeking to develop my practice though the juxtaposition of a register of walking as an act of free will with walking in its abject form, coerced walking and forced migration.
Thinking about enchantment and place-making:
Enchantment implies a separation from that which is not enchanted; place-making implies some thing which is not yet made. Place and power intra-act in producing senses of belonging, exile and exclusion, a process constituent of identity. I experience awe and wonder not as an illusion, something lost and needing to be retrieved and commodified. In reaching for accountability it is necessary to attend to the situated knowledge and partial perspective that enables that experience, denies it to others and obscures other perspectives. In my view place is immanent and all matter has agency; re-enchantment is the antithesis of becoming accountable.
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Developing the Sweet Waters project with alldaybreakfast as part of Time Machine